[in-doos, -dyoos]

verb (used with object), in·duced, in·duc·ing.

to lead or move by persuasion or influence, as to some action or state of mind: to induce a person to buy a raffle ticket.
to bring about, produce, or cause: That medicine will induce sleep.
Physics. to produce (an electric current) by induction.
Logic. to assert or establish (a proposition about a class of phenomena) on the basis of observations on a number of particular facts.
Genetics. to increase expression of (a gene) by inactivating a negative control system or activating a positive control system; derepress.
Biochemistry. to stimulate the synthesis of (a protein, especially an enzyme) by increasing gene transcription.

Origin of induce

1325–75; Middle English < Latin indūcere to lead or bring in, introduce, equivalent to in- in-2 + dūcere to lead; cf. adduce, deduce, reduce
Related formsin·duc·i·ble, adjectivenon·in·duced, adjectivenon·in·duc·i·ble, adjectivepre·in·duce, verb (used with object), pre·in·duced, pre·in·duc·ing.qua·si-in·duced, adjectivere·in·duce, verb (used with object), re·in·duced, re·in·duc·ing.un·in·duced, adjectiveun·in·duc·i·ble, adjective
Can be confusedadduce deduce induce

Synonyms for induce

Antonyms for induce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for induced

Contemporary Examples of induced

Historical Examples of induced

  • What induced him to attempt this style it is difficult to conceive.


    Edward J. Dent

  • Nothing in the world would have induced Ossipon to go into the parlour.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • But it was certainly not caution which induced Mr. Stewart's backsliding.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Curiosity, or perhaps a better feeling, induced him to approach the stranger.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • One other motive also held weight with him, and induced reticence.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for induced


verb (tr)

(often foll by an infinitive) to persuade or use influence on
to cause or bring about
med to initiate or hasten (labour), as by administering a drug to stimulate uterine contractions
logic obsolete to assert or establish (a general proposition, hypothesis, etc) by induction
to produce (an electromotive force or electrical current) by induction
to transmit (magnetism) by induction
Derived Formsinducer, nouninducible, adjective

Word Origin for induce

C14: from Latin indūcere to lead in, from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for induced



late 14c., "to lead by persuasions or other influences," from Latin inducere "lead into, bring in, introduce, conduct, persuade," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "to bring about," of concrete situations, etc., is from early 15c.; sense of "to infer by reasoning" is from 1560s. Electro-magnetic sense first recorded 1777. Related: Induced; inducing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

induced in Medicine




To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
To initiate or increase the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.
To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.
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